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MOTHER'S GRIEF Mum of murdered model Sally Anne Bowman begs ‘coward’ killer to reveal where daughter’s belongings are hidden

MOTHER'S GRIEF Mum of murdered model Sally Anne Bowman begs ‘coward’ killer to reveal where daughter’s belongings are hidden
She and her family would dig in bushes and hunt through trees in the hope of finding the final piece of the puzzle of Sally Anne’s murder — her belongings from that fateful night.

Sally Anne's mother Linda pleads with her killer to return her daughter's belongings
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Sally Anne's mother Linda pleads with her killer to return her daughter's belongingsCredit: Louis Wood - The Sun

Today, in a heartbreaking interview to mark 15 years since her daughter’s death, she pleads with killer Mark Dixie to finally reveal where the treasured items are hidden. 
In a message to Dixie — serving 39 years in jail for the teen’s murder — Linda said: “I would go to prison for life for you to feel a bit of what we’ve been through. 
“We relive Sally’s murder every single day. You took everything from us. 
“But there is one part of Sally still out there and the least you could do is give to us the things she had on her that night. 
“Where is her Prada handbag? Where is her purse, her photos, her white cardigan which she loved, her passport, which she took with her for ID? 
“Please give us an indication of where they are. It’s eating us up.” 
With her three other daughters — Danielle, 39, Nicole, 37, and Michelle, 35 — Linda has spent “hours upon hours” hunting for Sally Anne’s possessions. The desperate mum has even written to Dixie — with no response — asking where the items are.

Aspiring model Sally Anne Bowman was murdered in a sex attack in 2005
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Aspiring model Sally Anne Bowman was murdered in a sex attack in 2005Credit: Getty
Pub chef Mark Dixie had a long history of convictions before murdering Sally Anne
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Pub chef Mark Dixie had a long history of convictions before murdering Sally AnneCredit: PA:Press Association

‘I SLEEP ON HER PILLOW WHICH I SPRAY WITH HER FRAGRANCE’

Linda, 58, has also tried to help other mothers pin down their child’s killer and today calls for a new law that would force police to keep searching for the belongings of murder victims.
She was killed in a sex attack on her driveway at 4am after returning home from a night out in Croydon, South London, to celebrate her 18th birthday. 
Dixie stabbed her seven times outside her flat before returning to have sex with her as she lay dead or dying. He then dumped her body next to a skip.
The pub chef was arrested a year later after his DNA, taken following a bar brawl, matched samples on Sally Anne’s body. In 2008 he was jailed for life for her murder.
In 2017 he was given two more life sentences after admitting attacks on two more women. Dixie, 50, will not be considered for parole until 2040, when he will be 69.
But for Linda, Sally Anne’s murder is an experience she relives every day.
She said: “There are three seconds every morning when I’m OK with the world then it dawns on me that Sally is not here. 
“I have ways of getting through. I talk to her all the time around the house, I see signs in everything I do that could be from her. 
“I sleep on her pillow, which I spray with her favourite Dolce & Gabbana Blue fragrance. 
“But I know that the things Sally had with her on the night she was killed are still out there.”

For Linda, Sally Anne's murder is an experience she relives every day
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For Linda, Sally Anne's murder is an experience she relives every dayCredit: Carl Fox - The Sun
The talented teen attended the same schools for performing arts as Adele
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The talented teen attended the same schools for performing arts as AdeleCredit: Collect
Sally Anne smiles in her primary school uniform as a youngster
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Sally Anne smiles in her primary school uniform as a youngsterCredit: Collect

Dixie, who has reportedly become pals with notorious killers Peter Sutcliffe, Levi Bellfield and Ian Huntley in HMP Frankland, confessed to the detail of Sally Anne’s death for the first time three years ago. 
But he insisted to police her belongings were stashed in a black plastic bag next to her body in the skip.
Linda said: “I know it is a lie. The night Sally died every skip in the area was searched and all the bin collections were cancelled, so it doesn’t make any sense they were disposed of. 
“I am certain Dixie has hidden them with the perverted intention of getting out one day and retrieving them.
“It’s like he loves the power of knowing how much we want those last bits of Sally back.
“It’s why myself and Sally’s sisters have searched all around where Sally was killed. We go through parkland, look in bushes and go through trees. We’ve covered every blade of grass.
“We’ve spent days doing it. We were so desperate that one of the girls had a dream Sally’s items were under the Croydon flyover, so we went and searched there. 
“We’re at our wits’ end. I want to hold Sally’s white cardi again and reclaim what’s ours. 
“I’ve written to Dixie three times now but the coward has given me no response. 
“I think there should be a law that makes it mandatory for the police to keep searching.
“It could potentially lead to evidence of other murders that could have been committed by Dixie too.” 

Sally Anne's family have looked all around the scene of her murder for her belongings
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Sally Anne's family have looked all around the scene of her murder for her belongingsCredit: PA:Press Association
Sally Anne's mum 'knows' killer Dixie is lying about stashing her possessions in a plastic bag in a skip
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Sally Anne's mum 'knows' killer Dixie is lying about stashing her possessions in a plastic bag in a skip Credit: Handout

Two years ago police probed a theory that Dixie could have been involved in the brutal 1999 killing of mum-of-three Jennifer Kiely, 35, whose burned body was found in a bus stop after being stabbed 16 times and sexually abused. 
It led to Linda being contacted by a member of Jennifer’s family. And she promised to do all she could to help solve the murder.
Linda said: “I used what I learned from Sally’s murder. I studied maps. I pieced timelines together and looked into where people were staying and how far it was from the murder scene. I wanted to help someone else.”
Dixie was eventually eliminated from the inquiry by cops.
Grandmother-of-ten Linda also still regrets that due to a lack of DNA tracing at the time it took nine months to catch Dixie.
She said: “I’m increasingly in favour of everyone being DNA registered from birth so that any brutal murder or death would be solved without the agonising heartache we had. 
“It might sound tough but it would have prevented Dixie from committing other crimes.”

The 18-year-old was going out to celebrate her birthday on the night of the murder
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The 18-year-old was going out to celebrate her birthday on the night of the murderCredit: Collect
'I want to hold Sally's white cardi again,' her heartbroken mum says
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'I want to hold Sally's white cardi again,' her heartbroken mum says Credit: Collect

Tragedy of a life cut short

September 1987: Sally Anne Bowman born in Carshalton, Surrey.
September 2001: She attends the Brit School for Performing Arts in Croydon. Former pupils include Adele and Amy Winehouse.
SUMMER 2005: Joins Pulse Model Management and becomes face of Swatch watches fashion.
September 24, 2005: Night out in Croydon to celebrate her 18th with pals.
September 25: At 4am Mark Dixie stabs her seven times on her drive before returning to have sex with her as she lay dead or dying before abandoning her body next to a skip.
September 26: Boyfriend Lewis Sproston is arrested after police find they argued the day before her death. He is later released.
JUNE 15, 2006: Dixie gets into a bar brawl after an England football match and is arrested for a minor assault. His DNA is taken.
JUNE 27: Dixie is arrested for Sally Anne’s murder after his DNA matches semen found at the scene.
February 2008: Dixie jailed for life for her killing. He admitted having sex with Sally Anne after finding her on the ground outside her home, but denied her murder.
JULY 2015: He confesses to police that he killed her and admits to other crimes.
November 2017: Admits rape, GBH with intent, indecent assault and is given further life sentences.

Every year, Linda writes a letter with the words Sally Anne would like to hear
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Every year, Linda writes a letter with the words Sally Anne would like to hearCredit: Collect
In the note to her murdered daughter, Linda writes: 'I'm strong Sally, but I'm tired'
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In the note to her murdered daughter, Linda writes: 'I'm strong Sally, but I'm tired'Credit: Collect
'I know every day without you is another day closer to us being together again,' Linda says
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'I know every day without you is another day closer to us being together again,' Linda says

Just days ago, on September 25, Linda solemnly marked the 15-year anniversary of Sally Anne’s death with her closest family. A week before they marked what would have been her 33rd birthday by releasing balloons and a dove. Linda said: “We laughed and remembered what a funny and lovely girl she was.
“Her birthday is a great chance to be together and as close to Sally as possible.”
Linda often finds peace sitting at the back of her house looking at a mini garden Sally had made for her out of dozens of concrete frogs. 
She said: “I remember Sally and I used to sit out the back and she’d say to me how one day, when she’d made her first million, she’d make me my own tropical garden. 
“I still hope one day I’ll do that in her memory. It was the only dream she wasn’t able to fulfil.”

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